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Jul 22

Your Brand New Hays Public Library!

Posted on July 22, 2021 at 2:19 PM by Brandon Cooley

Hays Public Library Virtual Tour


Who uses a library anymore? 

If your library is anything like the Hays Public Library, the answer is – everyone! In addition to their collection of over 300,000 print and digital materials, the library hosts hundreds of programs for all ages each year. Pop into the newly renovated space and you might find patrons engaged in a book discussion group, taking a painting class, or attending a presentation on gardening. Upstairs on the children’s floor, you won’t find any “shhh-ing.” Kids are enjoying story time, crafts, chess club, movies, and more. Downstairs in the Kansas Room, you’ll find local and regional archives, fascinating historic photos and documents, and genealogical resources.

If there is learning to be done, the Hays Public Library will be there to provide resources. Explore your new space in our virtual tour, then stop by 1205 Main Street and see it for yourself.

Be sure to follow the Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook to be the first to see new tours. They can also be found here.

Jul 09

Cool Down at the Hays Aquatic Park

Posted on July 9, 2021 at 11:02 AM by Brandon Cooley

Hays Aquatic Park 360 Tour


One of our favorite places to spend a hot summer day is at the Hays Aquatic Park. With

three exciting water slides, a leisure pool, and a lazy river, the park has plenty of space for swimming, playing, and poolside lounging. The aquatic complex also has a competitive lap pool and diving boards for those looking to perfect their back flip. A new dump bucket play feature was recently added to the walk-in kiddie area and has been a big hit!

When you’re ready for a break (we see you, moms), the upper-level sunbathing deck offers a more private space to chill and can be rented out for parties and events. The park is landscaped with native limestone and trees, providing shaded areas when you’ve had your fill of the sun. The concession stand offers drinks, snacks, and sno cones so you can recharge and get back to the fun.

“Walk through” this beautiful facility through our virtual tour here.

Be sure to follow the Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook to be the first to see new tours. They can also be found here.

Jun 16

5 Tips for the best Hays Arts Council Art Walk experience

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 3:35 PM by Brandon Cooley

Art Walk
Hays is proud to claim the oldest Arts Council in the state of Kansas. With an active year-round schedule of events and classes, the Hays Arts Council really shines during its seasonal art walks, which are free to all. On these special evenings, local businesses partner with artists to display artwork after hours. Here’s how to make the most of your Hays Art Walk!

See HAC Exhibit
See the current exhibition at the Hays Arts Center

Hays Art Walks usually revolve around an art exhibition and reception at the Hays Arts Center at 112 E. 11th Street. The gallery showcases works from regional and local artists and range from photography and painting to sculpture and ceramics. The HAC also has a year-round gift shop where you can purchase original art pieces.

Live Music
Find some live music

As you stroll through the Downtown district, you are likely to find live music performances by local talent. During art walks you might find the Hays Symphony set up under the Downtown Pavilion at 10th and Main, a jazz group in a Main Street wine bar, or an impromptu sidewalk performance from a local musician.

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Shop the Bricks of Downtown Hays

While you’re enjoying original artwork, you’ll also find unique local stores and boutiques with staff ready to help you find that special gift, a made-in-Kansas souvenir, or a fresh new outfit. Downtown Hays carries both the essentials and the unexpected, from children’s clothing and menswear to fresh flowers and custom-designed jewelry.

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Explore new spaces

Downtown Hays is full of recent renovations and new investments. Check out the Hays Public Library’s full remodel of their first and second floors and peek into The Strand Event Center to see a historic theatre that has been brought back to life as an event venue.

Catch up with Friends
Catch up with friends or make new ones

Half the fun of a Hays Art Walk is the people you meet. You’ll run into local artists, art students from Fort Hays State University, business owners, Hays natives, and visitors alike – all out enjoying the creative vibe.